Monthly Archives: January 2014

“Not My Own” / Mastery

JUST THE OTHER DAY I FOUND MYSELF TRYING TO WRAP MY BRAIN AROUND WHAT IT MEANS TO NOT BE YOUR OWN?

IN OTHER WORDS, I HAVE NO RIGHTS OF MY OWN, BUT ONLY THE RIGHT TO SERVE MY OWNER.

AT FIRST GLANCE, THAT MIGHT SOUND LIKE A DEPLORABLE STATUS. HOWEVER, TO BE ABLE TO APPRECIATE THIS VERY DEEP SPIRITUAL PRINCIPAL… WE HAVE TO GO BEYOND FIRST GLANCE.

How did I get in this situation, anyway? My owner saved my life, and now I serve him with my life.

It seems that one of my forefathers, Adam, sold me into a horrible slavery to sin and death. My ultimate future I had to look forward to was an eternity of judgment for my sinful condition. I could not heal myself of this situation. Without a rescue of some sort, I had a fate worse than death ahead of me!

So when my Creator came along with this deal of: Give your life to me and I will save you, it was actually a really really really good deal! Because, you see, I really was guilty and deserved the future that was set for me! This was a get out of jail free card! With just one catch…NOW YOU OWE YOUR LIFE TO ME, AND YOU WILL BE TRAINED TO LIVE THE LIFE I HAVE CHOSEN.

Well, how could it be worse than what I already had, right? So I figured it had to be an improvement.

IMPROVEMENT? THAT WAS AN UNDERSTATEMENT! I AM THE LUCKIEST GUY IN THE WORLD, BECAUSE IT WAS A KING OF KINGS THAT BOUGHT ME, OWNS ME, AND NOW I HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO LIVE A LIFE I NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE!

I only knew how to walk in a flesh of death. I never knew what it meant to live after the SPIRIT. This spiritual dimension operates in a whole different way, and Christ Jesus is the only one who can produce warriors of faith, capable of operating in the high places of such a life.

AND NOW I AM ONE.

I thank my Lord and Savior, my Master, forever, for saving, and training me. His love is without bounds, but he also welds a righteous Sword. Thank God, I’m not ronin! It is a shame for a Samurai to be without a master. I have found that serving a master can be the best thing in the world to do, just be careful what master you choose, and since none of us are really free anyway, then why do we fight it so much? I think we just refuse to look beyond first glance.

I have learned that I am LIGHT. I invade the darkness with truth. Ignorance is a form of darkness, but I am no longer a part of that kingdom, and the God who enlightens has greatly blessed me.

HIS KINGDOM CAN BLESS YOU, TOO. HE GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU. I INVITE YOU TO GIVE YOUR LIFE TO HIM, AND BE TRAINED IN HIS WAYS OF LIFE, LIGHT, LOVE, AND POWER. IT IS A DEAL YOU SHOULD NOT REFUSE.

PLEASE LOOK BEYOND FIRST GLANCE.

Signed, Samurai for Christ / Samurai of Light.

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“Metaphor”

I have always found a good metaphor to be a powerful force in my life, and so, I have one to share with others who feel the same.

This is an invitation to enjoy what it means to be Samurai for Christ! If you love your Bible, and stories of heroes, lessons of virtue and honor, if you love Samurai Swords, and the idealistic idea of what the Samurai stood for, then please visit my site and enjoy the many parallels and symbolisms I hope to share!

Presently we have been looking at what it means to be “Ronin”, and what it means to seek mastery. There are many inspiring spiritual lessons to be had. Yes, this is a commercial, of sorts, just putting the word out there, in the blogosphere, there is a place you can go and enjoy the world of a good Samurai metaphor! I call it “The Living Sword”!

Hope we see you soon!

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“Complete Mastery”

“If you loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, I go unto the Father: for my Father is greater than I.”

signed: John 14:28b

As long as we continue to be on this subject of mastery, people are always trying to figure out how God and Jesus could be ONE, if he said the Father was greater than him? Jesus said it was expedient that we fulfill all righteousness, and then he went about giving us our greatest example of what that looked like.

Consider this: How could Jesus demonstrate for us mastery, discipleship, obedience, and complete trust if he did not willingly subject himself to the will of the Father?

Jesus showed complete mastery in that he was completely obedient. Again, there is no mastery without obedience to a master. God has given us this same opportunity through the Holy Spirit residing in us! The more I allow the Holy Spirit to master me, the more excellence of mastery I will walk in.

If I truly desire to be a Sword Priest of His Word, then I need to make myself weak towards God, in that I submit to his will, way, and word in my life, and I become a disciple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus honored the Father as greater, and set the example for us in complete obedience to his Master. We can be living Swords of the Lord, if we allow God to direct us in a most holy Samurai way.

“Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things. And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please him.”  Signed: John 8: 28-29

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“Cold Beauty”

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“Loyalty”- Born out of Love.

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“Samurai Dog”

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Perhaps dogs understand what it means to be Samurai better than any of us. It has been a while since I’ve shown my dog, Shadow. She is muscular and weighs in at around 80 lbs. She is my loyal companion. I worked with her constantly while she was growing up. Yes sir, from pup to Samurai.

She is Samurai because she is so dedicated to me. She is loyal and brave. Wherever I go in the house, she is contented to follow me around. When I linger at a spot, she plops down and just lays there. As long as she is with me, she seems to be happy. Unless it is the bathroom. She avoids that room like the plague! She does not like tub baths, even though she will jump in a lake or creek in a New York second! (Even when it is freezing out!) She is one tough dog.

I believe Shadow would give her life for her master. We have a connection and I look out for her, too. I understand her desire to be in my presence, because I feel the same way about God, and I want to be dedicated, loyal, brave, and pleasing to God. I love his presence in my life, and I have very bad memories of times when I drifted. Those times did teach me just how good it feels when I am close to him.

So yes, I did kind of set this message up as a way to bring Shadow into things, but it is a very good message, just the same. She is a living example to me of what it means to be Samurai. I have more pictures on her, now that she is grown, that will be coming soon. And on that note, here is my Samurai dog in glorious battle!

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“Mastery”

“And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate (self-control, discipline) in all things.” (I Cor. 9:25a)

SO YOU WANT TO BE A FREE SPIRIT.

There is no mastery without submission to masters. I have submitted to many masters and mentors in my time. Jesus had twelve “disciples”, disciplined followers, one of which decided Jesus would not be his master, but chose money instead. It did not take him long to realize the mistake he had made, and his new master extracted a great price.

I love being a disciple of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said, I go away, but I send another. That was the Holy Spirit, and I now have the opportunity to be trained of him, guided by him, empowered by him, and tap into the supernatural through him. Provided, I have learned to be a disciplined follower, using the skills I have learned through submission to my training, that has been provided to me through my many mentors and masters.

The Holy Spirit is also compared to the wind, a symbol, because of certain characteristics. Therefore, in a sense, I am a disciple of the wind. It don’t get no freer than that!

Choose your mentors and masters wisely, but when you find a good one, you have found a great treasure. Treat him with the respect and honor he deserves, if you hope to learn the mastery he/she already has.

 

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“Two Masters”

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.”             signed: Jesus, the Christ.

SO YOU THINK YOU ARE A FREE SPIRIT.

“They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves of sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.”                  signed: II Peter 2:19

THIS BLOGSITE IS EVOLVING RAPIDLY.

God has given me very strong direction for where to go with this site, this year. If you are new to the site then you will not notice the changes, but this cowboy has taken up a sword and challenged himself to be Samurai, for Christ.

THE TRUE SAMURAI SERVED A MASTER.

This is the first subject we are going to explore: Spiritually speaking, what does it mean to serve a master? God’s definition of a master is > whatever has overcome you, or controls you.

Here’s a dirty little secret: No one is a free spirit, because we have all been overcome by sin, therefore, unless we have been set free from the power of sin, by the power of Christ, then we are still under the power of sin and it is our master.

Now if we have been set free from sin, to serve righteousness, then Christ has become our Master, and the question becomes: “How well are we serving?”

Here is another way to look at it. We either serve good, or evil. Now a slave to sin might also have good works they can point to, but if they are still overcome by sin, then sin is still their master, and all their good works are defiled by the curse of sin, like a doctors surgery is defiled if they do not sterilize everything.

SO WHAT AM I SAYING HERE?

What I am saying is, according to scripture we all have a master, and we all choose which master we will serve, the only question is how well you serve that master? If you have not chosen Christ, then sin is still your master, which is the kingdom of darkness and curse. All your good works are defiled, and will not stand the fires of judgment in that day.

ARE MY WORDS OFFENSIVE? ARE WE OFFENDED BY WHAT GOD’S WORD SAYS?

If my words are offensive, it is because they are a SWORD! And I invite others to join me in no longer being ashamed of the complete WORD OF GOD, and begin to declare war on the devil!

WE HAVE NOT DECLARED WAR!

No we have not. The Church, Christians, the body of Christ has been so busy loving God that they have lost their hate for the devil!

VERY STRANGE WORDS TO SAY, I MUST ADMIT.

No, not every single Christian, but the Church as a whole? Yes, we have not seen the true fires of revival in a long time, not here in America.

WHY IS THAT?

The cares of this world are choking us out.

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO HAVE A MASTER?

In the days of slavery it meant, “Do as you’re told or else! And the “or else” was likely to be very bad. Whether the lost realize it or not, that is the kind of master they still serve. It is only the grace of God giving them a little more time to be saved, before allowing the curse of sin to destroy them. These are the ones we are fighting for! The will of our Master is for us to fight the good fight of faith for those who are lost! Satan is our enemy in this fight! Who are you fighting for today? What vision of God, or good deed, or salvation of a soul, are you fighting for?

The Christian serves a Master who says, “Do this and your life will be blessed, or if not, then understand you will suffer loss, but it is your choice.”

As a Samurai for Christ, I have a Master, and I have a Sword, a very special Sword. It is my heart’s desire to serve my Master with the Sword he has given me, and for that to happen, then I must seek mastery of the Sword. Will I ever be perfect? No. But can I improve? Can I live it better? Can I serve righteousness better? Yes, we can always seek to grow.

IF WE SEEK A SPIRITUAL SAMURAI PATH…

Then we need to understand this subject of having a master. Jesus plainly said that no man serve two masters, and went on in that same verse to mention MONEY as one of the masters that desires to overcome us. It is one of the evils, if it CONTROLS us, that will choke out our service to the Kingdom we claim.

I do not know how good of a job I have done in beginning to look at this subject of Master, and mastery, for they are related. The Samurai not only serves a master, but seeks “mastery” of being a faithful servant warrior.

I only recently found an animated show called; “Samurai Jack”. I was amazed that his battle is with a demon, and he has a special sword forged by three monks in the mountains, and he speaks of overcoming the demon with RIGHTEOUSNESS. What a symbolic picture! If only we as Christians, were as dedicated to our Sword, as Samurai Jack is to his. If only we were as dedicated to our assignments as he is to his.

Again, I do not know how well I have addressed this subject of choosing our master, and what does it mean to serve him well, because that is what it means to be Samurai, > One who Serves.

Please be sure to read previous article of > “I’m not Ronin”, for more teaching on this subject, and the current transitioning of this site. This subject is to be continued.

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WHERE ARE WE GOING IN 2014?

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“I’m not Ronin”

If you have followed this site for a while, you know there has been a Samurai sword, along with a Bible, on the dash of my truck for a long time. I made changes during the last half of last year, and coming into 2014, I have felt challenged of God to take it up another notch. In my book, “The Last Christmas of Jonah Joe”, I wrote about what it means to be Samurai for Christ. Because of the “cowboy theme” of this site I have not shared my thoughts about a spiritual Samurai here. I have kept it to a minimum, even though it may have slipped in a little now and then, but in 2014 the sword is off the dash and in my hands!

Scripture calls the Bible, the Sword of the Spirit!

Jesus said that his words were Spirit!

He also said he had not come to send peace, but a sword!

I think most of us know that the pen truly is mightier than the sword, because words are as a sword, a mightier sword that penetrates mind and spirit, not just flesh! People will die for what they believe in. Give a large group of people a true and just cause to believe in and they will defeat many swords while pursuing the “words” that have become alive in their heart, soul, and mind! To be a word smithy either in speech or written, is to be a sword master, a sword like none other. With words we move the hearts of the masses.

We have a sword that comes out of our mouth, the Word of God, and depending on how well we know and live that word determines whether the devil even knows your name, or not. Maybe you don’t want the devil to know your name? Well, you see, I do! And I challenge the readers of this blog to dare to want the same. To take up God’s sword and not be afraid to speak it, preach it, teach it, write it, and live it! To be Samurai for Christ, a devoted and dedicated lifestyle leading to great exploits in our God.

A Ronin was a Samurai without a master, a masterless Samurai. A Samurai lived to serve. His life was his sword and his sword was dedicated to a master. To be without a master was considered to be shameful, a disgrace. Many people today take pride in being a masterless Samurai, but in the old ways, and the old code, it was not so.

I am not Ronin! I have a sword, and a Master I love and serve.

In setting the new theme for this site in 2014, I believe a shift has come in the wind. Duck Dynasty is a sign of that shift, and here is the thought I want to leave with you. Jesus said in Matthew 6:24 >

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.”

There are plenty of sites inviting you to love God, but I am inviting you to also hate the devil.

Have you ever thought about that half of the equation? How much do you hate the devil? Do you hate him enough to want him to know your name? If he knows you it is because you are not weak in your faith, you are not hiding, but you have taken up God’s holy sword, trained yourself in it, and you do things! Think about all the pain, hunger, heartache, and suffering that he is at the root of in this world, and rise up in righteous anger against your enemy. He may come to you in many different faces, but they are not your enemy, they are victims we seek to save, Satan is the enemy.

I believe there is still a place for righteous anger today. I do not believe God’s word teaches that righteous anger has passed away, but it does have to be controlled, by a child of God who has trained himself in the old ways. I enjoy a good fire in my soul. The time of lukewarm Christians are passing!

We know what it means to love God, but I think we have yet to catch the vision of what it means to hate the devil, and use that righteous fire as motivation to spoil the strong man’s house! Think about it. If we truly love people, we will understand  how important it is for all of us to be about our Father’s business in binding the devil. First we bind, and then we spoil.

I realize this is not typical Christian teaching. If you hope to rescue someone, you have to attack whatever the threat to them is. This is about being  a Rescue Ranger for somebody, and joining them in attacking the devil in their behalf. Our God has provided a living sword for this spiritual warfare. Always be seeking more of the Holy Spirit in your life, that you may wage a good warfare. Amen.

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